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Actual Economic Outlay Doctrine Lives On

Published: May 31st, 2018

By: Stephen R. Looney

A back-to-back loan in the S corporation context refers to an arrangement in which an S corporation shareholder borrows funds from an unrelated or related third party, and then lends such funds to the S corporation.  A loan may be structured as a back-to-back loan at the outset to enable the shareholder to obtain a […]

Courts Look for Goldilocks Sweet Spot in Awarding Fees for RFA

Published: May 29th, 2018

By: Timothy W. Sobczak

After a plaintiff won a $2 million wrongful death verdict against two tobacco companies, his lawyers sought almost $1 million in attorney fees and expenses. Attorneys argued that the tobacco company defendants should reimburse the plaintiff for the enormous cost of proving facts that were so obviously truthful that they should not have been contested […]

Florida Department of Revenue Publishes Tax Refund Forms for Farms, Nursing Homes, and Assisted Living Facilities Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Published: May 29th, 2018

By: H. French Brown, IV

The 2018 Legislature created two sales tax refunds and a motor fuel tax refund for agricultural operations impacted by Hurricane Irma.[1]  Additionally, the Legislature created a sales tax exemption for equipment used to generate emergency electric energy at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Recently, the Department of Revenue published the forms necessary to apply […]

Ad Valorem Taxpayers Who Settle at VAB Are Entitled to Interest

Published: May 21st, 2018

By: Robert S. Goldman

In 2011 the Florida Legislature enacted section 194.014, Florida Statutes, requiring taxpayers who petition the Value Adjustment Board for reductions in their ad valorem tax valuations to pay at least 75% of the related taxes (less any statutory early payment discount) as a condition to invoking the VAB process (petitioning taxpayers with classification or exemption […]

Upcoming Dean Mead Seminar: Trustees Beware – Discussion of Duties and Dangers

Published: May 16th, 2018

By: Joseph K. Naberhaus Robert J. Naberhaus III

Dean Mead’s Estate & Succession Planning Department presents an educational seminar on  Trustees Beware – Discussion of Duties and Dangers  Trustees have numerous responsibilities in the administration of a trust. There are many situations where a trustee can trip up and unknowingly expose itself to liability. Using case studies, attorneys Robert J. Naberhaus III and […]

Setoffs in Construction Defect Case Leave Plaintiffs Feeling Shortchanged

Published: May 16th, 2018

By: Thomas P. Wert

Plaintiffs in a complex Florida construction defect case settled for $2.7 million with 10 subcontractors and then won additional damages at trial against remaining defendants. Imagine their surprise when the judge applied the settlement money to offset the trial award in what is called a “setoff,” slashing their trial award by $2.7 million. The judgment […]

Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Six Dean Mead Attorneys for Legal Excellence

Orlando, Fla. – Dean Mead has been ranked among the top Florida law firms in Chambers USA 2018 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an annual publication by Chambers and Partners. The rankings include six of the firm’s attorneys in the categories of Tax and State and Local Taxation. The attorneys receiving the prestigious recognition include: […]

Florida Department of Revenue to Study Impacts of Federal Tax Reform – Seeking Taxpayer Input

Published: May 10th, 2018

By: H. French Brown, IV Robert S. Goldman Mark E. Holcomb

This is the fourth article in a series related to Florida’s implementation of the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) for corporate income taxpayers. The previous articles include: Eyes on the Legislature: The Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the Risk for Florida Corporate Taxpayers written by Michael B. Dobson & Robert S. […]